21 February 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Helped Showcase Samsung’s Gear VR At MWC 2016

Article re posted from http://www.popsci.com/mark-zuckerberg-helped-showcase-samsungs-gear-vr-at-mwc-2016

Xavier Harding

Mark Zuckerberg and DJ Koh

Samsung's DJ Koh was joined by Mark Zuckerberg to talk about VR

Founder of Facebook and recent mega-philanthropist Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance at Samsung’s Unpacked MWC 2016 event. Days before his own keynote, the leader of the biggest social network in the world too to the stage to describe how Facebook is affecting VR and how Samsung’s Gear VR headset will benefit from it.

To everyone’s disappointment, Mark’s signature blue hoodie was not in attendance.

For the uninitiated, Samsung’s Gear VR is based off of the same tech as the Oculus Rift. Facebook acquired Oculus back in 2014 for $2 billion.

Zuckerberg’s unannounced appearance hammered home the importance of virtual reality to the social experience. Zuck was proud to tout Facebook as one of the first social networks to support 360-degree video and how products like the Oculus Rift and Gear VR are some of the best ways to consume that content.

Xavier Harding

Facebook and VR

Facebook is ready to double down on social apps

The billionaire also announced plans of a closer relationship with Samsung in the future. While he didn’t go into details, Zuckerberg hinted at the arrival of “social VR apps” that would expand Samsung’s existing list of VR applications.

With Mark Zuckerberg’s own MWC 2016 talk coming up on Monday, there could be even more in store for Facebook and virtual reality. Let's hope the CEO is able to make his real world press conference as exciting as Samsung's "virtual world" presentation.

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